House Speaker Sal Dimasi, in a sweeping display of power, was re-elected House Speaker today, losing just 7 Democratic votes on the floor. The Democrats who voted present were: David Torrisi (D-North Andover) Jennifer Callahan (D-Sutton), Stephen Canessa (D-Fall River), Cory Atkins (D-Concord), Thomas Calter (D-Kingston), John Quinn (D-Dartmouth), Thomas Stanley (D-Waltham), and William Greene (D-Billerica), who voted for himself. Dimasi’s strong showing allows the House to move on, for now. The House Republicans had a tough fight for Minority Leader, re-electing Rep. Brad Jones to the post over Rep. Lew Evangelidis by a 9-7 vote in the Republican caucus. But out on the floor the Evangelidis 7 voted present, refusing to cast their ballots for the nominee of their caucus. And you thought only Democrats were crazy!
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The spirit of Michael J. Curley abounds in the Democratic fermament.
A far as the Republican infinitesimal minority is concerned, I believe you can assign the oft used mechanism of after a final divided vote for an office, the group comes together for a vote of unanimity. In this case it was contentious but cooperative. No jail birds here though.
David Torrisi voted present. Why didn’t he vote NO. Maybe this shows that I do not know the use of present.
The options were only “Present”, “Dimasi” or “another candidate”. Since Torrisi did not really have another candidate to choose he in effect voted no to Dimasi’s re-election. Believe me when I tell you that as far as Dimasi is concerned Torrisi cast a big NO vote.
Thank you for making that clear.
Interesting that Sen Baddour gave Torrissi a great big red badge of courage…praising him as a man of principle.
If Mr Torissi was so principled why is it that he accepted appointment from Speaker DiMasi as Chair of the Labor and Workforce Development Committee? Has he informed the Speaker that his principles cannot allow him to be part of DiMasi’s leadership team? I have not read that he resigned!
I agree with Jules, a vote present is different than as Rep Greene did..a vote for someone else. Torissi got a lot of headlines and maybe that was really what it was all about in the first place.
To add to the list of legally challenged Democrats we add;
1. Tom Finneran. (forgot about him)
2. Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon for felony, theft, perjury, and fraud. A one women crime wave.
Has Nancy Pelosi let you know if she is preparing a Democratic “culture of corruption” edict yet?
She has not mentioned it to me, but I will ask her about it the next time we speak. (I wonder if she will support the pardon for Finneran?)
I know her response. “Is obstruction of justice” illegal?